Seton Hill University women's lacrosse coach Quigley called 'a gift from God'
By Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:15 p.m.
The mother of the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse coach who died in a bus crash encouraged the team “to be strong” in the face of tragedy.
“My daughter would want them to know that she loved every one of her lacrosse players, and she would want them to be strong and live life to the fullest,” Patty Trionfo, 54, said on Sunday. “I keep getting that in my heart.”
State police are investigating the cause of the Cumberland County crash on Saturday that killed coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, her unborn son, and bus driver Anthony M. Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown. Fourteen people were injured.
Two passengers on the bus remained hospitalized on Sunday in Penn State Hershey Medical Center, but no information was released about their identities or conditions, The Associated Press reported. A patient in Holy Spirit Health System was released on Sunday.
An autopsy on Guaetta was scheduled for Monday, said Charley Hall, Cumberland County coroner. A woman who answered the phone in the Dauphin County Coroner's Office said no new information was available on Quigley's cause of death.
The bus was carrying the team to a match with Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services Chief John Heberlig said that when he arrived, students were being pulled from the bus through windows.
He could hear some students screaming and others crying.
“I've been on some bad (accidents), but you're (usually) talking about one to three people.”
The crash touched the lives of nearly everyone on the campus of the Roman Catholic liberal arts school of 2,300 students in Greensburg where Quigley had begun her second season as coach after leading the team to 11 victories in her first season.
Trionfo and her husband, Sobby, 55, of Baltimore County, Md., remembered their daughter as a caring, selfless woman who loved her husband and was a great mother.
“She was a gift from God,” Patty Trionfo said. “A total gift from God.”
She mentored her lacrosse students, donated her hair to Locks of Love and helped children at Christmastime, her mother said.
Her brother Nicholas, Sobby Trionfo said, summed Quigley up in one word: selfless.
“In everything, in everybody she touched,” he said.
She married Glenn Quigley — the two met in fifth grade — five years ago. They have a son, Gavin, who is 21⁄2.
“Our family is so close that when she got married, her two bridesmaids were her two brothers,” Trionfo said. “Nicholas was the maid of honor in her wedding.”
Quigley spoke with her brothers Nicholas and Tony every day, Patty Trionfo said.
A Baltimore-area native and graduate of Duquesne University, Quigley came to Seton Hill from Erskine College in Due West, S.C., where she started the lacrosse program.
She was an assistant volunteer lacrosse coach in 2007 at Duquesne, where she had played lacrosse in 2002-03. A talented athlete, she played at Dundalk High School in the Baltimore area, where she was named female Athlete of the Year.
“She lived 60 years in a 30-year period,” her mother said.
Quigley taught her players more than lacrosse; she taught them “how to be good citizens in life,” Trionfo said. “She would have kept on touching people's lives.”
Funeral services will be held in the Baltimore area.
Staff writer Kari Andren contributed to this report. Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pa. to vie for Boeing plant
- Grants aren’t the same old payouts, Corbett says
- Former postmaster pleads guilty
- Bill would require disclaimer on Liquor Control Board ads
- Pa. higher ed chief Brogan poised to reinvent system
- ‘Moving Memorial’ on way to Somerset, drives home dangers of DUI
- Lawmakers propose removing state judges from Pennsylvania ballots